Concern raised about AONB development plan

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 July 2015


Plans for a major care home and housing development in Budleigh have been opposed by the East Devon AONB Partnership.

Badger Homes is proposing to build a 60-bed care home, 30 houses, seven bungalows, 12 retirement apartments and two home work units on a site between Barn Lane and the B3178.

In a submission to East Devon District Council, which will decide on planning permission, the partnership states: “Sitting outside the built up boundary of the town, this field currently acts as a buffer to the developed fringe of Budleigh Salterton. While within a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment site, the land here is of the highest agricultural quality. In broad terms, the character to the south of the site is built/urban, the character to the north and east open and rural.

“Extending the boundary of the built area here will erode the more natural character of the AONB, however small or localised, and will not assist integration of the existing settlement or proposed nearby development into this wider, more rural part of the AONB.

“The National Planning Policy Framework calls for valued landscapes to be protected and enhanced, with the greatest weight being given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a presumption against major development in protected landscapes and consideration, therefore, should be directed towards alternative sites. This is a major development that will have a significant impact on the landscape character and scenic beauty of the AONB at this location.”

Budleigh Salterton Town Council has previously opposed the scheme, citing concerns about access, the need for a care home and the proposed site being adjacent to a Grade II listed building.

Devon Highways has also objected.

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